GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Davenport football team continued its progress towards becoming a force to be reckoned with after a 14-10 win over NCAA DII opponent Quincy University on Saturday at Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex. The Panthers came back from a tough road loss last week and improved to 5-3 in their first season by controlling the line of scrimmage for most of the contest.

William Gist raced 39 yards to the end zone on the fourth play of the Panthers first drive and started at their own 49 after a bad punt by Quincy which traveled just 18 yards. DU held that 7-0 lead throughout the first quarter as the Panthers gained 105 yards on the ground and kept the ball for 6:28.

The Hawks tied it up at 7-7 with 10:18 left in the second quarter on a sustained drive that went 90 yards in seven plays. Jaylan James capped it off with a two-yard TD run around left end and was aided by a pass interference call on third and goal which kept the drive alive. The Panthers wasted no time to regain the lead as Keion Powers took the ensuing kickoff 90 yards marking the second time this season that Davenport has returned a kickoff for six points.

The defense took over from there as the Hawks were held to just a field goal with 13:24 left in the game from 37 yards. Quincy took over the ball with 10:35 remaining and drove 73 yards in 12 plays taking 6:41 off the clock but Robbie Kelley's fourth-and-4 pass from the DU 7 was incomplete and broken up by T.J. Douglas. The stop was followed by the Panthers grinding out two first downs and running out the clock on a victory.

Quincy gained 333 yards but just 47 on 33 carries (1.4 yards per rush) despite a deep and talented backfield. Davenport gained 267 yards with 178 on the ground. Gist rushed for a team season-high 150 yards on 19 carries (7.9 yards per rush) and quarterback Hunter Krause ran for 51 yards. Krause also completed 6-of-10 passes for 89 yards without a sack against him. The defense was led by Devin Butler's 12 tackles from his safety position. Nick Trolian recorded nine tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss. Douglas broke up four passes and notched eight tackles in the secondary.

Davenport will next host Saint Joseph's (Ind.) in the team's only night game of the season. The Pumas and Panthers will kick at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 29 here in Grand Rapids.

COURTESY: Davenport University